Qualia

The term neuroplasticity is now thrown around quite commonly. We look at what the term means, and how the concept of a brain able to reshape and rehabilitate itself was only recently accepted as true by scientists

New studies have found that rats communicate social hierarchy through how they sniff. The study found that sniffing was independent of the scents smelled, and dominate rats sniff differently than subordination rats.

Monica Metzler, executive director of the Illinois Science Council, has some tips on how scientists can succeed at public outreach. We picked out 11 of her ideas, including why you shouldn't be afraid to dumb down your research.

With the rising costs of information storage on servers and computers, researchers are looking into other ways to store files. One team successfully stored information onto a strand of DNA, however this option is still not cost effective.

For years scientists have reported negative correlations between host biodiversity and disease risk. But they were puzzled over why, and struggled to study the effect in large ecosystems. Recently larger studies of this biodiversity have continued to show this negative correlation.

Despite many anecdotal reports, empirical data supporting tactical deception in animals is nearly non-existent. However, a new study of gelada monkeys finds that they actively change their behavior when cheating to help avoid detection.

A recently published study sought to elucidate whether user's Facebook profiles can provide insight into potential mental illness. Indeed Facebook interactions such as the number of friends or the frequency of posts can provide an insight into extroversion

Get ready for Asian needle ants! These tiny stinging invaders are displacing other invasive ant species and may be coming your backyard soon. They have several key advantages that help them displace local ants and even other invasive species.

Nueroscientists struggle to see how neurons are wired together. Current cross cutting techniques often don't show this, and fatty tissue can prevent other types of brain imaging. However, a new technique called CLARITY should make research easier by making brains transparent.

A recent report has catapulted felines into the headlines by suggesting their cute and fluffy exteriors belie a ruthless hidden nature. Are domestic cats actually cold-blooded killers that pose a serious threat to biodiversity?